Bed of Poses
Pilates gets amped up in Marina del Rey
When it comes to fitness, it often seems as if we've tried it all before. Then someone comes along and builds a better mousetrap--or Pilates Reformer, as the case may be.
That's the secret at The Studio (MDR), the Marina del Rey storefront that opened this year. The Studio deploys patent-pending Megaformer machines, souped-up variations on the classic Pilates Reformer that devotees claim enables smoother workouts with more variation.
And under star teacher Ky Evans, you'll get quite a workout. Evans's infectious, hyperkinetic manner, laser-like assessment of clients' placement (as well as their muscle exhaustion point) and mastery of hundreds of exercises (many developed by him) make for a wild ride of a 50-minute "Kylates" class. Unlike most Pilates sessions, it includes cardio as well as strength training. Workouts make newbie muscles sore for a good three days; even longtime clients feel the burn, since Evans continually changes his moves.
Perhaps best of all, there's even some instant gratification at The Studio (MDR): It sells colorful half-toe socks with grip ($15) to aid in quick, sure-footed hopping around the Megaformer.
The Studio (MDR), 330 Washington Blvd., Suite C, Marina del Rey; thestudiomdr.com